Donald Trump has a rather hot and cold relationship with Saturday Night Live. Despite the fact he once relished in hosting the show, he has fallen out of love with it in recent months and has taken to routinely berating it on Twitter.
In typical Donald fashion, the President-elect has now somewhat predictably and wholly ironically responded to SNL’s sketch about his obsessive tweeting habit by - you guessed it - tweeting.
As is now routine, Saturday’s episode of the comedy series featured Alec Baldwin as the billionaire tycoon. The sketch showed Baldwin's Trump too fixated on Twitter to pay attention to his advisers at a security briefing and it also mocked Mr Trump’s recent decision to retweet a series of unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud from his supporters - including a 16-year-old Californian boy.
”This could not wait - it was from a young man named Seth, he's 16, he's in high school, and I really did retweet him... seriously, this is real,“ Baldwin's Trump tells viewers.
“He really did do this…” Kate McKinnon's Kellyanne Conway confirmed, before telling the advisers, ”There is a reason, actually, that Donald tweets so much: he does it to distract the media from his business conflicts and all the very scary people in his cabinet.”
Staying true to himself, the real Mr Trump aired his displeasure at the late-night show in the way he does best: via his favourite social media site. “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad,” he tweeted.
Of course, this is not the only time Balwin’s impersonations have elicited less than happy responses from Mr Trump. Before his victory, he tweeted calling for the show to be retired and declared that Baldwin’s impersonation “stinks”. He also dubbed the show "boring and unfunny" on Twitter.
If this wasn’t enough, after Baldwin’s first post-election result show, he labelled the programme “totally one-sided” and “biased” and declared that it offered “nothing funny at all.” Rather than keeping quiet, Baldwin responded on Twitter and suggested that since the election was now over there was no side to be taken.
This Saturday’s sketch also saw one of his advisers plead with him to stop retweeting random people and suggest it was stopping him from getting any work done. To which, Baldwin’s Trump interjected: ”That's not true. I was elected 25 days ago and already unemployment is at a nine-year low, millions and millions of people have healthcare, and Osama bin Laden is dead. Next, I’m going to do what I promised my whole campaign - I'm going to build that swamp.”
“Don't you mean drain the swamp and build the wall?” Conway chipped in. ”No, that's too many things,“ he concluded. ”Just smoosh them together.”
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